60% of Hermiston's Stolen Vehicles Had Keys in Car

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On the 18th of February 2014, the attached stolen vehicle analysis document was presented to the members of the Public Safety Committee.  The analysis for all stolen vehicles experienced by the Hermiston Police Department was compiled at the request of a city councilor.

Of note:

  • A total of (72) stolen vehicles consisting of 33 SUV/pickups, 32 sedans, 6 ATV’s, and 1 utility trailer.
  • 64% of the time the vehicle was unlocked and 60% of the time the keys were left in the vehicle (these numbers do not incorporate the ATV’s)
  • 14% of the vehicles were unattended and left warming up
  • 93% of the time the vehicles were recovered
  • A total of (35) subjects were arrested over the course of the year equating to a clearance rate (by arrest) of 40%.  National clearance rates for all reporting agencies in the United States using 2010 numbers (this is the most recent FBI stats available) was 11.8%.

“This analysis confirms what we know and what we have been pleading with our citizenry to combat.  The majority of the stolen vehicles were crimes of opportunity.  The criminals in our area are not smart, they are solely playing the odds that 64% of the time the vehicle was unlocked and 60% of the time the keys were left inside,” reports Chief Jason Edmiston.

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